The Life of Arthur W. Pink

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Nov 1, 2004


‘We do not idolize him. But we do recognize him as a very unique man of God who can teach us through his pen and trough his life. He was truly “born to write” and all the circumstances of his life, even the negative ones he did not understand, propelled him to the fulfilment of that God-ordained purpose.’ — RICHARD P. BELCHER

Book Description

Pink’s biography, first written by Iain Murray in 1981, is here revised and enlarged with the benefit of new material, including some of Pink’s own re-discovered manuscripts. It is the heart-stirring and compelling story of a strong, complex character — a ‘Mr Valiant-for-truth’ who was also a humble Christian.

In 1922 a small magazine — Studies in the Scriptures — began to circulate among Christians in the English-speaking world. It pointed its readership back to an understanding of the gospel that had rarely been heard since the days of C. H. Spurgeon. At the time it seemed as inconsequential as its author, but subsequently Arthur Pink’s writings became a major element in the recovery of expository preaching and biblical living.

Born in England in 1886, A. W. Pink was the little-known pastor of churches in the United States and Australia before he finally returned to his homeland in 1934. There he died almost unnoticed in 1952. By that date, however, his magazine was feeding several of the men who were leading a return to doctrinal Christianity, including Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Douglas Johnson (founder of Inter-Varsity) and, in book form after his death, his writing became very widely read across the world.

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  1. Marilyn Beede

    I am presently finding the third volume of his exposition on John so rich that each evening I find just a few paragraphs that search me out in a way it is impossible to describe. It so focuses attention on the incomparable glories of our Lord Jesus. and He refused to ever disassociate that glory from the glory of the Father.

    It is, it seems to me, impossible for such exposition of such depth to come from a person who has not walked humbly with God. This is my first exposure to his life and just what I’ve read here causes thanksgiving

  2. Colin Oswald

    2018 is the 100 year anniversary of the first publication of Arthur Pink’s The Sovereignty of God, my first, and possibly many Christians introduction to AW Pink.
    I requested Iain Murray’s Life of Arthur Pink as a Fathers Day Gift to find out more about this well known and sometimes controversial man of God. The book is a fascinating read, a real page turner, as Pink had such an extraordinary ministry. Born in Nottingham, his life is a remarkable Christian journey. Including pastoring churches in the USA and Sydney Australia, writing 20,000 letters, conducting evangelistic tent meetings in Southern California and eventually his last years spent in virtual anonymity in a cottage in Stornaway Scotland, with his beloved Kentucky born wife Vera.
    His conversion story alone is worth the price of the book. Brought up in a Christian home, as a young man Pink was heavily involved in Spiritism. Coming home late one evening to the family home after attending a Spiritist meeting, anxious to avoid his waiting father he quickly went upstairs. His father quoted Proverbs 14 verse 12 as his son went up the stairs to his bedroom. The Holy Spirit used this scripture to convict Pink of his sin and his need for a saviour. A few days later he was wonderfully saved and his Christian journey began. Pink was living proof that the sword of the spirit is the word of God.
    A wonderful biography, heartily recommended to anyone who wants to know more about this complex, controversial, yet mightily used of man of God.

  3. laurie bernardini

    The first 8 chapters were a blessing to read. However, the ninth chapter seems to turn on Pink and uses quotes from the likes of MLJ to shore up the accusation that Pink’s isolation was ‘self-inflicted’. The book gives a testimonial from a woman who used to walk for miles just to hear Pink preach – with that said, I don’t think Arthur Pink deserves to be accused of self-inflicted isolation. I would take one A.W. Pink over a hundred Martyn Lloyd Jones’ any day.
    It’s easy to give an opinion when someone is dead and cannot defend themselves isn’t it?

  4. Adam

    This book portrays Arthur Pink as a very complicated man, yet very useful and faithful to his own ministry. While most of the book is an overview of his life and work, much of his life seems to be viewed critically by Murray in certain respects – albeit, probably fairly. If anything, this book helped and challenged me to think through my own process of theological understanding as Murray traced Pink’s journey from Hyper-Calvinism to a more biblical Reformed position.

  5. Robert Norman

    Pink had a mainly sad and lonely life. Seeing how his life was lived, suck between post-Spurgeon and pre-Martyn Lloyd-Jones, you will see how this man stood mainly on his own and died mainly on his own.

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